Affiliate Disclaimer NewIt’s that time of year again! Gift guides are back! From now until the holidays, we’ll be rounding up some of our favorite gift ideas, mostly in broke-ass budget range (but with one or two splurges thrown in). Whether you’re shopping for your best gal, your favorite dude, your family or yourself, you’re going to find some stellar ideas for everyone on your shopping list.

To kick it off, we’re getting cozy with some super soft, snuggly ideas. I don’t know about y’all, but cooler months make me a hardcore homebody. All I want to do is curl up with a super soft blanket, drink something warm and delicious and chill with my husband, baby and kitties. So in the spirit of the coldness to come (or that’s already arrived, for some of you!), here are some gift ideas we found on Etsy to make this winter extra snuggly.

The Broke-Ass Bride's 2016 Gift Guide: A Snuggly Winter

Top row, left to right:

Curl up under a massively chunky and soft merino wool blanket.
Customizable Chunky Knit Blanket, $232+ from LaurenAstonDesigns

Gone are the days when socks are boring stocking stuffers, especially if you’re gifting these beauties.
Cable Knit Over The Knee Socks, $22 from RubyandGemma

Your super chic friend will love this gorgeous candle holder.
Glass Geometric Tea Light Holder, $55 from Waen

Second row:

She’s a little classy and a lot sassy.
Soyphisticated Bitch Candle, $21 from BadAssCandles

There’s no need to sacrifice fashion for function.
Handmade Faux Fur PomPom Beenie, $38 from CapsbyColoween

Third row:

We all have that friend who really is a magical unicorn.
Unicorn Mug, $19.95 from FourLetterWordCards

Give your blogger friend the gift of warm fingers, and she’ll love you forever.
Fingerless Gloves, $22 from RememberStella

Cold nights by the fireplace (or space heater) can conjure up some creativity.
The Creative Ramblings of a Restless Mind Journal, $12.95 from franticmeerkat

Bottom row:

A cute throw pillow says what we’re all thinking, amirite?
The Snuggle Is Real Throw Pillow, $20 from PCBHome

What’s a cozy evening without a mug of delicious hot chocolate?
Classic Hot Chocolate Mix, $15 from WhimsyandSpice

Happy shopping, Broke-Asses!

  • 12/1

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewWhew, you guys. These posts are super tough for me. Y’all have some exquisite taste! This week, we’re tackling reader Maria’s request on this post:

    We are looking for a gown “inspired” by the designer Matthew Christopher. The exact gown is called “Tiger Lily”. We perused all the websites in your great article – do you have any other websites or resources for this $5,000 gown? Thank you!

    All right, girl. I had my eyes open for an asymmetrical trumpet gown with some sort of drapey-diagonal detail on the bottom and a ruffled-curved skirt all for under $2000. Let’s see what I came up with!

    Can't Afford It

    Matthew Christopher Tiger Lily

    Tiger Lily by Matthew Christopher, $5000

    Get Over It

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    Taffeta Trumpet Wedding Gown, $980 from Etsy seller AlenaFede

    etsy idocouture chiffon trumpet gown

    Pleated Chiffon Trumpet Gown, $1550 from Etsy seller IdoCoutureetsy isellebridalstudio taffeta turmpet gown

    Sample Sale Taffeta Trumpet Gown, $288 from Etsy seller IselleBridalStudio

    ti adora strapless mermaid gown

    Strapless Mermaid Gown, $875 from Shoptiques

    etsy lobeihandmade nicole gown

    Nicole Gown, $599.90 from Etsy seller lobeihandmade

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    Organic Hemp Silk Bridal Gown, $1500 from Etsy seller MaudeCouture

    Truly Zac Posen Geometric Corded Wedding Dress

    Truly Zac Posen Geometric Corded Wedding Gown, $1358+ at David’s Bridal

    etsy weddingdressfantasy organza wedding dress with straps

    Organza Pleated Wedding Dress, $999 from Etsy seller WeddingDressFantasy

    pronovias feather bodice gown

    Feather Bodice Gown, $1260 from Shoptiques

    zac posen satin corseted wedding dress

    Truly Zac Posen Satin Corseted Wedding Dress, $758 from David’s Bridal

    ti adora layered trumpet gown

    Layered Trumpet Gown, $945 from Shoptiques

    Finally, this one is just a bit over budget — but just by a bit!

    etsy desireespice trumpet wedding gown

    Tulle Wedding Gown, $2080 by Etsy seller DesireeSpice

    What do you think, Maria? Did I come close?

    Any of you BABs out there think you can do better? We’re looking for a couple of frugal fashionistas to take on the task of helping our readers #GetOverIt! If you’re interested, send an email to info@brokeassbride.com with subject #CAIGOI and a link to a Pinterest board of a designer dress and your broke-ass worthy alternative finds!

    Got a gown that you just can’t get off your mind? We’re happy to help you get over it! Just tell us in the comments below! Please remember to include the budget you’re working with so we can find you the best alternative for you. Please be aware, though, that because you guys love this column so much, we can often build up quite the queue and it may be a while before we can get to your dream dress. Rest assured, though, Team Broke-Ass is on the case!

    *As always, please do your own research before buying a gown online. Team Broke-Ass is here to provide you with inspiration and resources, but it is up to the consumer to know what they’re purchasing.

  • 11/30


    Aite y’all, so I finished painting about half of the centerpiece bases before I ran out of warm weather to work in. How dare spray paint not be able to dry in weather below 30 degrees right?! Taping off bases After the first coat of white dried, we taped off the tops and the edge above the flaps. I found entire sheets of painters tape…

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    Real Bride Ciji's Engagement Photoshoot2

    It's time for me to narrow the list and select a wedding photographer! These are exciting times. There's just one small issue: There are so many photographers in this world! Photographers that are my friends, photographers that I have worked with in the past, photographer referrals from past brides and I only need one.  I made a list of four photographers to review for our…

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    Cyber Monday Deals for Your Wedding

    Happy Monday, darlings! I hope you all had a great, restful Turkey weekend. As per usual, the holiday shopping has been kicked into high gear, and since finding a killer bargain is essential to any Broke-Ass wedding, I'd be remiss if I neglected to share these awesome Cyber Monday deals with you. Since Black Friday was a mashup of all the things, Cyber Monday's deals are concentrated…

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  • 11/28

    Temperley London Saffron Dress

    The holidays are in full swing, but reader Amy's got more than turkey and cranberry sauce on her plate; she's on the hunt for two Temperley London gowns! She writes: "Hello! HEEELLLLPPP! I love your "Can't Afford It? Get Over It!" column, and I fell in love with two dresses from Temperley London that I definitely can't afford. They are very unique, so I thought…

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    BAB approved black friday sales and deals

    Just as we do every year, because we know and appreciate the importance of a good sale but also recognize the very real need to not want to leave your house and deal with crowds, we've put together an exhaustive list of Black Friday deals from our partners. There are huge discounts on wedding-y things and just regular old everyday stuff, too. Stay tuned for…

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    And other yummy treats! I detailed our food plan a while back, and if you recall, I was missing a fairly important detail: the total cost. We worked with our caterer to come up with the perfect menu, and we had a general price range of $12-$15 per person. We never had a contract and we didn't have to pay any sort of deposit. Kinda…

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  • 11/21

    Shaina Sheaff Photography

    Credit: Shaina Sheaff Hello lovelies, I’ll be honest, I haven’t been thinking about wedding stuff much this week. I’ve been very hard at work and probably wont be slowing down until about April. I’m okay with that, though -- almost all of the major vendors have been nailed down. We have a venue, caterer, DJ and photographer, and I’ve got my dress. The only two things…

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